You’ll have to wrestle me for the check
Well, Lamar, I have to tell you I’m excited. It was a big decision putting you totally in charge of every aspect of our new restaurant. Millions of dollars are riding on this, but I thought you deserved your chance.
Gee, thanks, Boss. I think you’ll be very glad you did.
So, talk me through it. Looks like the opening day lunch crowd is starting to arrive at Lamar’s.
Okay, Boss, so the idea is…
Those guys are sumo wrestlers, Boss. They have a training camp across the street. They’re gonna love the place!
And what’s the financial model here, Lamar?
It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, Boss! Just $5.99 a person. That should really pull ‘em in. Steaks, lobsters…
Lamar, you are a total imbecile! You’re offering 350-pound wrestlers all they can eat for $5.99? According to my calculations, we’ll lose $1,240 on EACH customer!
Sure, but we’ll make up for that in volume, Boss. Whoops, looks like our very first customers cleaned us out of food in four minutes. I’d better run out for more…
It’s okay Boss, I need to go to the store anyway. I forgot to buy doggie bags so they can take home the leftovers….
Top: Sumo wrestlers prepare a meal during a summer camp at their freshly rebuilt stable in Soma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan, August 6, 2011. The wrestlers, eager to give back to the community that has hosted their summer training for 20 years, have returned to the Japanese port district that was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Having the wrestlers return as if it was any other summer is seen by many as a vital step to lift morale as survivors make fragile attempts to rebuild their shattered lives.
Left: Sumo wrestlers prepare for a meal after training during a summer camp at their freshly rebuilt stable in Soma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan August 6, 2011.